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Public Notice - 9 April 2019

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Youth Award Winners

Congratulations to nominees and winners of the 2019 Mount Alexander Shire Youth Awards. The awards recognise the excellent work of young people in the community. They were presented at the Youth Awards Festival as part of Victorian Youth Week. The awards in youth leadership went to:
• Community – Cohen Saunders
• Workplace – Josh Rodgers
• Music and the Arts – Ada Levis
• Environment – Harriet O’Shea Carre
• Sports and Recreation - Amy Bachman
• Education – Oscar Johnson
Thank you to the judges and volunteers from Council’s Youth Advisory Group, FReeZa Committee and the Young Makers’ Market Committee who organised the festival. The awards festival was a Council event supported by the Victorian Government’s Youth Week Grants.

Council services over Easter

Council offices will close for the Easter long weekend at 5.00pm on Thursday 18 April and reopen at 8.30am Tuesday 23 April. Kerbside waste and recycling due for collection on Good Friday will be collected on Easter Saturday. To report emergency regarding roads and drains, maternal and child health services or stock and animal control (excluding wildlife) on weekends of public holidays you can contact Council on 5471 1700 and follow the prompts.

Farm Household Allowance

Farmers are encouraged to seek professional advice as to whether they are eligible to receive the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) to help them through hardship and drought. A second lump sum payment is now available for eligible farmers. To assess your eligibility call the Farmer Assistance Hotline 132 316 or the free rural financial counsellor service on 1800 686 175. For more information visit agriculture.gov.au/rfcs.

Help fight fruit fly

Council has launched five engaging and educational videos to raise awareness on how to prevent the spread of Queensland fruit fly. The videos provide easy to follow tips on how to protect fruit and vegetables and ways to deal with affected produce. Queensland fruit fly has the potential to cause serious devastation to the horticulture industry and backyard gardens. Learn how you can protect your fruit at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/FruitFly.

Budget 2019/2020

Each year we prepare a budget and give you the opportunity to review the draft and make a submission. Key dates:
• 12.00pm, Wednesday 17 April: Proposed budget goes on public display
• 5.00pm, Wednesday 15 May: Closing date for public submissions
• 7.00pm, Tuesday 21 May: Hear submissions at a Special Meeting of Council
• 6.30pm, Tuesday 18 June: Adopt 2019/2020 Budget at an Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Look out for the proposed budget on our website. A summary of the proposed budget will be advertised in the Midland Express in April. Proposed dates may change

Free e-waste drop off event

Unwanted electronic items (e-waste) do not belong in landfill! Bring along your small and medium sized e-waste for recycling from 10.00am to 3.00pm on Saturday 13 April at Wesley Hill Sports Complex car park, McGrath Street, Castlemaine. Proof of residency will be required. Large items such as fridges and washing machines cannot be accepted for health and safety reasons. The Victorian Government is banning e-waste from landfill from 1 July. Council is coordinating the event in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services and Sims Metal Management.

Get active with This Girl Can

Keep an eye out for free and low cost activities planned in April as part of VicHealth’s initiative This Girl Can. Council is a supporter of this program which aims to celebrate and support Victorian women to embrace physical activity in a way that suits them. Find out about opportunities to get involved at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/ThisGirlCan or on Council’s Facebook page.

Employment opportunities

Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, full time, fixed term – five years

Closes at 4.00pm on Friday 19 April.

People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged to apply. Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information or to apply visit our website or phone 5471 1700.

Council meetings

• 6.30pm, Tuesday 16 April
• 6.30pm, Tuesday 21 May.
Meetings are held at the Civic Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Council Column is published in The Midland Express each Tuesday.

Public notice - 9 April 2019.

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